evoque MY14

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - NEW MODEL RELEASE -

When I was in my 20s I bought a sec­ond­hand 420 V8 Mercedes with a 4- speed auto box and oo­dles of power. I re­ally thought I was the cat’s whiskers at the time and it even had ac­tive sus­pen­sion to help get the tank through the cor­ners. That was the good old days, or so I thought. Then came Land Rover with the Dis­cov­ery 3 and the big body Range Rover, fol­lowed by the Free­lander 2, the sleek Evoque and pow­er­ful Dis­cov­ery 4 with top- ofthe- range lux­ury and power matched with the nec­es­sary han­dling set of skills. And if all this wasn’t enough, Land Rover sur­prised the motoring world with the awe­some beast that is the Range Rover Sport. But in 2014, we an­tic­i­pate the ar­rival of the new and up­dated Evoque MY14 with its 9- speed ZF gear­box. Talk­ing ex­te­rior, the Evoque looks sim­i­lar with some sub­tle changes of which the most dis­tinct is the newly styled rims. Al­though the new auto trans­mis­sion will boost econ­omy, the en­gine choice is still the same. The two diesel engines seem to be the most pop­u­lar with an op­tion of the 2.2 L TD4 110 kW or the SD4 140 kW. The petrol op­tion is the 2.0 L Si4 with 177 kW which also does duty in the Ford Fo­cus ST. Apart from some styling tweaks there are seven new driver as­sis­tance fea­tures. The Si4 Petrol vari­ants will have an ac­tive driv­e­line with on- de­mand AWD, which de­faults to FWD over 35 km/ h. When the sys­tem’s sen­sors de­tect the need, it ac­ti­vates the rear diff within 300 mil­lisec­onds. The Evoque boasts ac­tive torque dis­tri­bu­tion via an elec­tronic dif­fer­en­tial ( e- diff) that mon­i­tors trac­tion at the rear end and dis­trib­utes the power be­tween the wheels. Some other driver as­sist op­tions will be queue as­sist, for­ward alert and in­tel­li­gent emer­gency brak­ing sys­tems. Sen­sors are put to work in help­ing the ve­hi­cle cen­tre it­self in an­gle park­ing bays and au­to­mat­i­cally exit par­al­lel park­ing spots. Other op­tions will be traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion and sen­sors de­tect­ing on­com­ing traf­fic and lane de­par­ture. This new Evoque prom­ises one a hell of a ride. Join us next month as we test the new Evoque in Botswana and Zam­bia.

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